On Tuesday evening - May 12 th - Amtrak’s Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed and crashed on a heavily used stretch of track in northeast Philadelphia. Although local and federal officials are still sifting through the wreckage and investigating the incident, preliminary reports show that at least 7 passengers have died and numerous more were injured.
In the days since Tuesday’s crash, officials from agencies like the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been working hard to determine the cause of the accident. Based on an initial investigation and information from the black box data recorder, investigators have recently stated that the train was traveling over 100 mph before it approached the curve of track where it derailed. The speed limit for that curve is 50 mph.
Details and updates regarding the crash have been pouring through media sources as many try to make sense of the tragic crash. Below are a few key points about the crash we know so far:
The Daspit Law Firm is hopeful that ongoing investigations will shed light onto what exactly caused this tragic crash. We know that victims and families deserve the right to know whether this accident could or should have been prevented, as well as the right to secure justice and compensation for their losses. Our legal team is available to answer any questions about train accidents and the personal injury or wrongful death claim process.
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